Spring can be a painful time of year for allergy sufferers. We’ve covered how to deal with your HVAC vents and filters, but what else can you do to keep the air quality of your home high?
Start High and Move Down
Whenever you are cleaning a particular room in your home, start from the top and work your way down. This will give dust that hasn’t been caught in a duster or a dust cloth time to settle, so that you can get any loose particles as you go. If you haven’t cleaned your ceiling in a while, start there, and be sure to get your ceiling fans as well…they’re notorious for being a gathering place for dust bunnies.
Toss the Feather Duster
Feather duster can provide a feeling of nostalgia for simpler times, but truth be told, they aren’t that great for dusting. If you really want to get rid of dust, invest in a microfiber cloth. The fibers of the cloth actually hold onto dust instead of just pushing it around, plus you can throw the cloth in the wash and use it again and again.
If you just can’t give up your duster, make sure you are using one made from ostrich feathers. They’re still not the favorite of cleaning pros, but ostrich feathers have a structure that gathers dust a little better than other feathers.
Give Your Ceilings & Walls Some Love
When it comes to cleaning your home, it’s very likely that the ceilings and walls may be neglected. It’s just not something we think about cleaning all that often! Ceilings and walls don’t need to be cleaned every day…this is an activity you can leave for deep cleaning. For ceilings, usually a microfiber cloth attached to a broom will do a good enough job, and for walls, you can actually use a mop (learn more here).
Invest in a Dustpan That Really Contains Dust
When sweeping, it can be so hard to get all of the dust bunnies off of your broom. That’s why we loved this find from Amazon! No more getting your hands dirty – the comb does all the work for you, and all that dust and grime ends up in the trash, where it belongs.
Clean Those Blinds
Blinds can gather a surprising amount of dust, and mini blinds can be especially difficult to clean. The suggestion from the Today Show makes the process so much easier! Using a sock lightly dipped in a solution of 50% white vinegar, 50% water, just run your hand over each blind. Problem solved!
Don’t Forget the Lampshades
Lampshades are another source of dust that we sometimes forget, but what’s the easiest way to clean them? Two words: lint roller. We didn’t think of it either, but it’s a great solution!
Wash the Bedding
Bedding, especially comforters and blankets, can harbor a lot of dust and allergens, so be sure to give them a thorough washing at least once a week. Duvet covers are great, as they keep the dust on the outside of your comforter and are easier to wash on a regular basis. If you have a large comforter that is washable, you may need to take a trip to the local laundry mat to use an industrial machine (and a few tennis balls in the dryer will help to keep it fluffy).
Take Out Some Aggression on Your Rugs
Remember your mother or grandma out in the backyard beating rugs? Well, that method is still a fantastic way to get dust out of your removable floor coverings. You’ll get a workout and your rugs will have some time in the great outdoors to air out and freshen up.
Vacuum the Furniture
When you take the time to vacuum your floors, make sure you vacuum your upholstered furniture as well. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take that much extra time, but will make a difference to allergy-sufferers using your seating areas. Just make sure that your vacuum filter or bag is clean, so that you remove as much dust as possible.